Military banner grant depleted in O’Hara but residents can pay to participate
O’Hara residents can continue to enroll in the township’s Hometown Heroes banner program, but it will be at their own cost now that a grant from the District Association is exhausted.
Council voted last week to continue the program if residents pay the $95 cost of purchasing and hanging the flags.
“We wanted to continue the program to honor veterans that have served our country,” Manager Julie Jakubec said.
The District Association is a community-sponsored nonprofit that funds beautification projects not paid by tax dollars. The group last year approved a grant to pay for up to 25 banners in each community of the Fox Chapel Area School District.
Aspinwall, Blawnox, O’Hara and Sharpsburg participated.
District Association Member Carol Uminski said the program pays tribute to residents and their family members who are serving, or have served, the country.
The flags, 24-by-36 inches, include the person’s photo, name and branch of service, and have become a common site along Main Streets region-wide.
Jakubec said people who purchase a banner will receive two smaller replicas to take home.
The township will take applications through July. Banners will be hung on poles along Fox Chapel Road and Kittanning Pike.
They are scheduled to stay up through Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
In Blawnox, the program also was a success with banners selling out quickly.
Secretary Kathy Ulanowicz said council would like to participate again if the District Association made another grant available.
To apply for a banner in Sharpsburg or Aspinwall, visit theda.org.
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, [email protected] or via Twitter .